The Best of...The Wilderness Explorer's Inaugural Season
As the Wilderness Explorer winds down her inaugural season here cruising the Northern Passages and Glacier Bay, I decided to ask my fellow crew members to share some of their fondest memories of the summer for this week’s blog post. Here is what a few of them had to say:
Steward Connie most enjoyed kayaking with Park Ranger, Andrew, at Lamplugh Glacier on a beautiful blue sunny afternoon.
An early evening skiff ride around the Inian Islands that turned into pure magic by purple skies overhead and the sheer power of the sea below; riding huge swells and battling wind and currents while encountering Orca and Humpback whales at close range was an unforgettable experience for Expedition Leader, Randall; Guide, Jeremy; Steward, Melanie; Pastry Chef, Dawn; and Galley Asst., Ron.
For Sous Chef, Jeff, it was riding the “experimental fender vessel prototype” (water toy) with Captain Marce. Jeff lost his glasses and had wet shoes for two days, forcing him to cook in his XtraTuff rubber boots!
Sous Chef Jeff & Captain Marce riding the water toy
Having Grey whales glide by underneath the skiff at Magoun Islands was a cherished memory for Guide, Hannah.
Wellness Specialist, Gabriella was moved by her experience with one of our very special guests, 84-year-old Amalie. With Gabriella’s kind assistance, Amalie was able to enjoy the best of Alaska by getting out kayaking and shore-walking all week.
Witnessing an interaction between a brown bear and a pack of timber wolves at Gloomy Knob in GBNP really hit home with Steward, Ashley.
Brown bear and timber wolves interacting at Gloomy Knob
Deckhand, Mitch recalls his “a-ha moment” early in the season at Dawes Glacier in Endicott Arm where he first navigated a skiff through the ice, and did so while the glacier was calving.
And last but not least, the weekly traditional post-disembarkation group hug is the favored memory for our amazing leader, Captain Marce.